Use the code FREESHIPPING09 at checkout for free shipping until 30/09/2021
The Staghorn Fern leaves
Staghorn Fern in a black pot
Stghorn Fern in a hanging Kokodama bowl
Close up of the Staghorn Fern
Close up of the Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern leaves closeup
Close up of the Staghorn's leaves
Detail of the Staghorn leaves
Staghorn Fern in a Kokodama bowl

Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum

Regular price £29.00 £0.00

The Staghorn Ferns receive their name due to their wonderful antler shaped leaves. 

My unusual upper leaves resemble stag's horns, hence the name. My lower drooping fronds often have an unusual disk that catches insects for nutrients.

These unique ferns make great feature plants thanks to their broad, distinctive foliage that grow upwards. Their fronds can both climb and trail once they grow long enough.

They thrive in high humidity levels which make them ideal plants for the kitchen or bathroom.

Choose from 2 options

Growing Pot

Your plant will come in a growing pot that you can pop into your favourite decorative container.

Growing pot size: 17cm plus hanging hook. We advise buying a larger decorative pot size as the lip of the hanging pot makes it slightly bigger

Overall plant height including growing pot: 40-45cm

Kokodama

The Staghorn Fern in a biodegradable handmade coconut fibre bowl. No decorative pot needed! It also includes a hanging rope. 

Medium:

Kokodama Size: 17 cm

Overal Plant Height Including Kokodama: 20-30cm

Large:

Kokodama Size: 25 cm

Overal Plant Height Including Kokodama: 25-35cm

Kododamas are made in Sri Lanka in collaboration with local communities. Every bowl sold help projects that give school children a better future! 

But what is the correct spelling?

Kokedama: A Japanese tradition, they are bowls made with moss on which the plant grows.
Kokodama: Our Kokodamas are based on the Japanese tradition but made with coconut fibre, hence the slight variation on their name!

How to Care for Staghorn Fern

  • With the right care, these low maintenance beauties will keep your home looking lush and vibrant. They even come with their own hanger so you can get decorating right away!
  • Bright, indirect light is preferred. Protect the leaves from direct sunlight to prevent them from burning. 
  • Let the soil dry between waterings,  let the water drain well before re-hanging it. Mist it often to maintain humidity. 
  • 15 to 25ºC are perfect temperatures. Staghorn ferns can be placed outside when the temperature is within this range. 
  • During the growing season, feed it monthly with a water-soluble fertiliser, in the colder months, it will only need feeding once every 2 months. 

The Staghorn Fern Story

Where is it from?

They are sometimes called ‘rainforest ferns’ as they are native to the tropical areas of Australia, South America, Africa, South East Asia and New Guinea.

Who is the Staghorn Fern?

Staghorn Ferns are epiphytic plants, in their natural environments, they grow on other plants and trees. Although your plant will be sent in a pot, once it has matured, it needs to be mounted on a board or hung in a hanging basket.

Good For You!

  • Self-confidence: Plants can be a great therapeutic tool. Caring for plants make us feel more connected and as a consequence care better for ourselves! 
  • Focus: Studies have shown that having plants in work and study environments improve innovation, creativity and problem-solving. 

Is The Staghorn Fern The Right Plant For Me?

Novice gardeners may feel a bit intimidated by the grand appearance of this plant. Don’t be fooled! They may seem fussy but they are a very resilient plant, perfect for those with not much experience!

They may not be the easiest plants to look after but your efforts will definitely be rewarding! 

Pets: Pet friendly 

How tall does it grow?  In its native environment, it can reach nearly 2 metres high and 1 metre wide. Indoors it won’t grow over 1 metre high and ½ metre wide.

Useful to know:

Origin

I am a tropical epiphyte, originating in Australia, New Guinea, Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia and South America.

Height/Growth

I can grow huge in the right conditions, eventually encircling whatever i am grown on.

Light

I am from the tropics so unlike most ferns I like bright indirect light and humid conditions.

Water

Never ever leave me sitting in water and please let me soil dry between watering. I must have a well draining soil.

Temperature

I like normal room temperatures of between 16-23 degrees C. Please don't leave me in temperatures below 10 degrees C!

Feeding

You can feed me a dilute fertiliser though Spring to Autumn

Grooming

Trim shabby leaves, my disk-shaped, shield leaf will turn brown in time.

Care

The most common cause of rot and losing leaves is overwatering. If I get black spots on the guard leaves, the can spread rapidly and kill me. This is a fungus called rhizoctonia so please use a fungicide or let me dry out completely and water moderately until the spots disappear. 

Toxicity

Good news: I am pet-safe!

Fact

I can be potted into a piece of hessian sack with a small amount of free draining soil and attached to a board for a striking wall mounted decoration. Let the water run down the board rather than the plant and allow to drip dry before putting back on the wall.

*Decorative pots sold separately.

If you are looking for something unique to add character to your home decor, your search is over! The Staghorn Fern is the plant you’ve been waiting for! Get yours today!

Looking for care information?

Why not search our Plantcare from A-Z guide and Green Room blog for helpful information, hints and tips.